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FSC: Sat 2nd, Winter Tree ID, Amersham, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks
FSC: Sat 9th, Winter Tree ID, Bushy Park, London
WFGA: Sat 2nd, How to be a Self-Employed Gardener, Grove, Oxfordshire
FSC: Sat 16th, Conifer ID, Bushy Park, London
FSC: Sat 18th, Summer Tree ID, Bushy Park, London
FSC: Sat 22nd, Intro to Botanical Keys, Bushy Park, London
FSC: Sat 29th, Summer Tree ID, Amersham, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks
FSC -Sat 2nd February 2019 Winter Tree ID - Amersham FSC Centre, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks -
FSC - Sat 9th February 2019 Winter Tree ID - Bushy Park FSC Centre, London -
This is suitable for complete beginners: even if you can't really recognise trees in summer, you can still learn to do it in winter, and just think how much easier it will be once they have leaves! A short one-day introduction to the subject, we will spend the morning doing "Identifying", by working through the keys in the FSC's own Guide to Winter Trees, then in the afternoon we'll be doing the short-hand version, "Recognising", using my Cribs: and yes, you get to keep the Crib afterwards!
If you can't make either of these dates or locations, check out my book on the subject, Winter Tree ID, free to download if you have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, and only a few pounds, if you don't.
Saturday 2nd March 2019; by popular request, I will be repeating my one-day workshop on How to Be a Self-Employed Gardener for the WFGA at Grove, in Oxfordshire.
They haven't updated the website for next year yet, but it will soon change.
(Please note, that picture on their website - below - is not a picture of me!!)
We will be based at Grove Village Hall, Oxfordshire - arrive for registration and hot drinks at 09.30, course starts at 10.00 but I'll be talking from the moment you arrive! Bring along a packed lunch, and we aim to finish by 4pm.
A chance to ask me any questions you like about starting up in business: having done it myself, and having quite literally written the book on this subject - How To Be A Self-Employed Gardener, to be precise - I am always happy to talk about it, and to answer questions, to encourage more people to take this step and become self-employed as Gardeners. Even if you are already self-employed, this workshop will help and encourage you to take it to the next level, to be better: and to charge a realistic rate for it!
FSC: Sat 16th March 2019, Conifer ID, Bushy Park FSC Centre, London
If you think you know nothing at all about Conifers, this is the course for you! It's a one-day course, with a lot to cover, but by the end of the day you will be able to recognise most of the commonly-found Conifers in the UK to genus level. No, not genius level, genus level - being a genius would take more than one day...
If you can't make the date or the location, this course is based around my book Conifer Basics, which is an easy introduction to a difficult subject.
May 2019:FSC: Sat 18th May 2019, Introduction to Broad-leaved Trees, Bushy Park FSC Centre, London
This one-day course is an easy introduction to our common street trees: if you struggle to spot an Oak from a Sycamore, this course will show you what to look for and how to use a Key to narrow down the options.
We'll be spending as much of the day outside as we can, and you get a copy of the Tree Trial foldout to keep afterwards, which is extremely useful: especially after you've spent the day annotating it!
FSC: Sat 22nd June 2019, Introduction to Botanical Keys, Bushy Park, London
"Keying out" is an essential skill for anyone interested in Botany, but it can be daunting: this one-day introduction will explain how Dichotomous Keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. We will be working mainly from The Vegetative Key to the British Flora by Poland and Clements (with reference to Rose, and Stace) and from the FSC's own fold-out Tree Name Trail, a copy of which will be provided for you to keep.
This practical course will take us outside as much as possible.
FSC - Sat 29th June - Summer Tree ID - Amersham FSC Centre, Nr High Wycombe, Bucks
A repeat of this one-day course, which is an easy introduction to our common street trees: if you struggle to spot an Oak from a Sycamore, this course will show you what to look for and how to use a Key to narrow down the options.
As before, we'll spend as much of the day outdoors as possible, looking at actual trees and putting into operation the skills needed to identify our trees in summer.